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Sam Houston State v South Dakota State FCS National Championship Odds, Spread and Prediction
South Dakota state head coach John Stiegelmeier smiles as he steps onto the field for an NCAA college football game against the state of Iowa in Ames, Iowa. Minnesota takes a stacked offensive and boosts confidence into season three under manager PJ Fleck, but the Gophers should be better prepared for their opener against neighbor South Dakota State, who ranks fourth in the FCS poll. (AP Photo / Matthew Putney, File)
- The state of South Dakota will meet the state of Sam Houston for the FCS National Championship in spring 2021 on Sunday, May 16
- The Jackrabbits are listed as a 4.5 point favorite at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
- Read the odds, spread and bet selection below
For the first time since 2017 there will be a new national FCS champion. The State of South Dakota No. 1 (8-1) and Sam Houston (9-0) No. 2 will compete in the 2021 FCS Championship Game on Sunday May 16 in Frisco, Texas. ABC will start at 2:00 p.m. EST.
The Jackrabbits dominated Delaware in the semifinals while Sam Houston State scored an incredible comeback win over JMU. Sunday's game at Toyota Stadium will be the first direct duel between these two FCS programs.
Do the Bearkats have another upset win or should you bet the Jackrabbits to take home the title?
Sam Houston State versus South Dakota State odds
|team||Spread the word at DraftKings||Moneyline||total|
|Sam Houston State||+4,5 (-113)||+145||O 47.5 (-106)|
|State of South Dakota||-4,5 (-108)||-190||U 47.5 (-115)|
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Jackrabbits ‘Defenses that wreak havoc
The state of South Dakota is playing for its first national championship in the semifinals after an excellent defensive performance against Delaware. The Jackrabbits thought the Blue Hens were just a field goal and collected seven sacks in a dominant 33-3 win. SDSU is full of playmakers in defense, including MVFC linebacker Logan Backhaus.
How about those SACKrabbits? # GoJackspic.twitter.com/3f6ufKqsgJ
- SDSU Football (@GoJacksFB) May 8, 2021
Defense has been one of the Jackrabbits' strengths all season and that's what can bring them a national title on Sunday. John Stiegelmeier's team only allows 281 yards per game and does an excellent job in the red zone. The Jackrabbits have also had 12 interceptions and will be looking to cash in on Sam Houston's pass-first offense.
While SDSU's defense can win the game, the team's balanced offense can help them cover the spread. The Jackrabbits have two 600 yard rushers in Pierre Strong and Isaiah Davis, while QB Mark Gronowski with two threats at WR with the Janke twins has no shortage of guns.
Schmid leads deadly Berkats to a passing attack
If the state of Sam Houston is to take out the SDSU, it will take Eric Schmid and the temporary attack another big day. The Bearkats are averaging 290 yards per game and have been decimating secondaries all season.
KC Keeler's team lost 24-3 to JMU in the semifinals, but exploded for four TDs in the second half to cause the surprise.
A 69 m long catch-and-run by Jequez Ezzard and @ BearkatsFB is 🔙 in the game !!! # SCtop10 # FCSPlayoffs x 🎥 @ espnpic.twitter.com / QxJD2ximpY
- NCAA FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) May 8, 2021
Jequez Ezzard's 69-yard catch-and-run score and 80-yard punt return TD were the big highlights in a semi-final game that could have gone either way. James Madison QB Cole Johnson was struggling with an injury and the Dukes shot himself in the foot with a few mistakes late in the game. The Bearkats can't afford to allow 24 points in a quarter like they did with James Madison last weekend in the second quarter.
The Bearkats' offense is as explosive as it gets, but the line of defense could secure the angry bid. Sam Houston State leads the nation with 37 sacks and is doing an excellent job cracking down on QBs. Senior DL Jhari Kay played a huge role in this success. He got the team going with six sacks and played 13 tackles in three playoff games.
2021 College Football Conference Championship odds
What's the best bet?
This game offers the best offensive line in FCS against the best defensive line. Whatever you hold will likely determine how the game shakes off. If Sam Houston can find a way to shut down Gronkowski and the SDSU running game, Schmid has the arm to work on a Jackrabbits secondary that was lit in the Southern Illinois quarterfinals.
The matchup 🏆 See you in Frisco! # FCSChampionshippic.twitter.com / bPmgwdY6Ti
- NCAA FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) May 8, 2021
Sam Houston was an incredible story, but it's hard to bet against the state of South Dakota after doing something to a very solid team from Delaware. The Jackrabbits won't make the same mistakes as the Dukes and can control the pace with their dominant floor play. The Bearkats remain very vulnerable in defense at 356.4 yards per game.
Sam Houston will score a goal in this South Dakota state secondary school, but the defense will eventually wear off and the Jackrabbits running game will take control. Pierre Strong and Isaiah Davis have yet to be stopped this season, and SDSU's offensive line will hold up enough against this Sam Houston state's line of defense to claim victory.
- Selection: South Dakota State -4.5 (-108)
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NFL NHL NCAAF NCAAB
Brady is a passionate hockey fanatic and sports journalist with over five years of digital media experience and a degree in broadcast journalism. His work has been recognized by outlets such as ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports.
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